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Travel Blogs from Aix-les-Bains
In the hope of getting out of the bad weather of Les Deux Alpes, we headed for our next stop near Lac De Paladru, unfortunately we didn't, if anything the weather was worse with almost constant rain for the 2days we stayed, we were still recovering from our bugs so we again spent most of our time in the van..
We took a couple of walks out in between the showers so again not much to report here....
Just a pin in the map!
Hairpins, hairpins, hairpins that was the order of the day climbing this little gem just outside of Ugine. The Col De L'Arpettaz is the most enjoyable climb I have ever done. 16km of beauty on a small backroad. The only reason the tour has not ridden this is due to how narrow it is. Towards the summit is is not much more that the width of a standard bike path.
A mixture ...
... descent and was on her tail until the bottom.
Semnoz is a classic climb and the back way via Col de Leschaux is on quiet roads only broken every now and then by the chorus of cow bells. It's a mix of forest and pasture with some views to Lac Annecy and the surrounding mountains on the early slopes.
A drive around Lac Annecy was in order before lunch with a drive to the Col ...
... which hangs on the edge of the Col with sweeping views back to Lac Annecy. We will have lunch or dinner there tomorrow so I will post a pic then.
Tomorrow I will tackle my first Tour De France Hors Category climb, Semnoz, setting off at
On that note I need a big dinner we are off shortly to Old Annecy by the local bus, that could
... a steep decent followed by a gradual down slope all the way through Albertville to our hotel just a few kilometers beyond the city…or not. A damned detour half way down took me gradually along the side of the mountain for 15km. Unfortunately it started with 5km of climbing again. By now my legs were feeling pooched. Finally the climbing came to an end and I blasted through 15km pretty quickly. Total distance ended up being 5km more than planned and ...